Facts About Bullying Statistics
Bullying statistics have revealed some shocking results in recent years. Not only is bullying a common occurrence, but the age range at which bullying occurs seems to be broadening. Anyone who was ever bullied in their childhood years can understand the lasting effects that it can have on a person’s personality. Although many of us often imagine bullying in the physical form, it also widely occurs in the verbal sense, which can leave an impression just as strong a physical bullying.
Bullying occurs at a wide range of ages. The majority of bullying occurs in grades six through ten in the United States; however bullying does still occur in children younger and older than this group. Children in younger grades appear to be in twice as many physical confrontations than older teens; however older teens tend to be involved in violence of a more serious degree.
One form of bully is through physical violence. This type of bullying occurs by physical means such as hitting, kicking, pushing, spitting, and objects being thrown. Bullying statistics show that 282,000 secondary school students suffer from a physical attack each month. Polls have revealed that teens between the ages of twelve and seventeen feel that violence is growing more common at their schools and most violent occurrences happen in the playground. Other polls reveal that around a hundred thousand students carry a gun to school. This does not include the uncounted students who carry another form of weaponry such as a knife or mace. Many of the children who carry weapons to school—about thirty percent, actually—do so because they have witnessed violence at home.
Verbal abuse is a very common form of bullying. This includes name calling, making derogatory comments, and simply saying things with the intention to hurt someone’s feelings. Although this sort of behavior is often seen in most children at some point in their development, it is considered truly bullying behavior when they do this on a repetitive basis, especially if they realize the effect it has on others. Those who suffer from verbal abuse are likely to experience a lasting impression from the experience, especially if the derogatory comments are meant to shake one’s self confidence, such as regarding weight, looks, race, or religion.
Social exclusion is often overlooked as a form of bullying, but statics show that the end result is so similar to that of the other forms of bullying that it ought to bear a spot on this list. Social exclusion happens a lot today in a society that is so geared towards having the latest and greatest, whether it is name brand clothing, cell phones, computers, etc. The house or family’s financial status can have a huge bearing on a child’s “acceptance” by peers at school. Rejection and exclusion by others can have a profound effect on a child’s self-esteem and lead them to become reclusive or stand-offish in social situations.
Cyber bullying is a relatively new development but a very real thing. With computers and cell phones having such a huge impact on today’s youth, these measures have been utilized as new tools for bullying. Children can suffer quite profoundly from harassing text messages, instant messages, e-mails, and even comments and messages left on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, short of blocking a phone number or “ignoring” messages from certain usernames, there is little that can be done to really stop this form of bullying. If one username gets blocked, the bullying child can in turn simply create a new username and continue to harass others.
Statistics revealed that during an occurrence of bullying, adults only intervene four percent of the time, while peers intervene around eleven percent. The rest of the time the bullying goes on uninterrupted. Understanding bullying statistics is only identifying the severity of the problem. In order to fix it, we must take the initiative to teach children from a young about bullying and how they can work together and with adults to help reduce the occurrence.